Swaroga (1955) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A strange Barley Wine indeed. Cloying sweet but rich. Had aromas of toffee, nuts and chocolate. It had also aromas of soya sauce, bbq sauce and cabbage. Taste was more appealing although difficult to drink and I had it on a very hot day....
GlasgowTAD (1286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown-black with no head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon and slight vanilla. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla. Full bodied and rich.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours deep brown garnet with a dark tan head which almost immediately disappears. Aroma is astonishingly decadent with booze, vanilla, oak, buttercream, toffee, Christmas cake and of course bourbon. Taste is exactly as expected however, the extreme sweetness overpowers any bitterness that may try and get a look in. Yes it is boozy but you would not guess the ABV. I have never tried a beer this good which still has so much aging possibilities. I can only imagine what this would taste like in a few years time (BB Date 2039).
markextrae (3330) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at home, new batch. poured a cola brown colour with a small off oily ring on top.sweet sticky bourbon hits your face, sweet barley, caramel sweetness, plums, toffee, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, very fruity aftertaste, dried apricots, raisins, bit of a spicy alcohol finish, i’m getting some dried cherries aswell. cloves, incredible, very thick and chewy mouthfeel! need to get a few more of these! these will taste even better after a year! very nice barley wine!
SimplySike (1346) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy dark ruby brown with no head.
Aroma vinous, vanilla, alcohol, dark and red fruits, creamy, port, spice.
Taste complex red fruit vanilla poty sweet, no real bitter, a soury hint.
Mouthfeel creamy, thick oily.
RexTalionis (3452) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown, virtually no head. Bourbony vanilla, dark fruityness, butterscotch and dark syrupy notes in aroma. Very nice. Sweet ripe raisins and slightly burning ’n warming vinous notes in taste. Quite smooth mouthfeel. There’s some nutty notes fortunately present, keeping it from not being too cloying. Vanilla is more evident towards the finish. A pleasant sipper.
Syfher (301) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist/Snifter glass; room temperature.
Very interessting wine/beer... Nice colour, but the beer is not very fuzzy.
Great, powerfull aroma of chocolate and porto, with a taste of cherry, xeres and chocolate.
Maarten1993 (849) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank derde kerstdag (Tijs brought it). Very nice beer. Lots of taste. Sweet, soft carbonation and alcohol.
Maakun (3078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at oak aged festival. Reddish brown with barely any head. Very sweet malts, whisky, red fruits, stone fruits, vanilla, creamy pudding. Very sweet and full bodied, very nice barley wine.
PriorL (3066) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at S&G tasting.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: alcohol, sweet.
TASTE: alcohol, sweet, but not much more...